Srinagar, June 14: The security forces on Thursday found the bullet-riddled body of Army jawan Aurangzeb in the outskirts of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The Army personnel was abducted by terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday morning.
The dead body was found in the Gusoo area, which lies in the outskirts of Pulwama district. He was shot in his head and neck, police said.
22-year-old Aurangzeb – a resident of Poonch district – was reportedly proceeding toward his home on leave for Eid in a shared cab when a group of armed militants abducted him near Kalampora in Shopian.
Expressing grief on the incident, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Another piece of terrible news to add to an already horrible day. May Aurangzeb rest in peace. Allah Jannat naseeb karay.”
The Army had earlier said that it had launched a massive search operation to located the kidnapped jawan.
At about 9 am on Thursday, army men from the unit stopped a car asking the driver to drop Aurangzeb in Shopian, officials said, recounting what had happened.
Militants stopped the vehicle as it approached Kalampora and abducted the jawan. Police are investigating the case. The Army is also conducting an inquiry into the incident, they said.
According to an official statement from the Army, a jawan of 44 Rashtriya Rifles was on his way back home on leave when he was kidnapped by militants.
Aurangzeb was part of the commando unit which gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Ahmed Bhat, alias Sameer Tiger, in April this year.
In May last year, terrorists had kidnapped a young Lieutenant of Rashtriya Rifles, Ummer Fayaz, while he was attending a wedding in his family in Shopian. Fayaz’s bullet-riddled body was found the next day.
More details are awaited.